Cromer is well known for its pier which has a lifeboat station & Pavilion Theatre, home to the UK’s only remaining traditional end of the pier variety show. The pier is an enduring example of Victorian building, having withstood many storms, tidal surges and even an attempt to blow it up by the Government in WW2 to prevent the pier being used as a landing strip for enemy invaders!
Close to the shore you will find ‘Britain’s Great Barrier Reef’, the Cromer Shoals Chalk Bed, created in the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs roamed. It is the longest in the world at 20 miles long and you can see it by swimming out and snorkelling.
Unmissable on the Cromer skyline is the 160ft tower of 14th century church St Peter & Paul with vast stained glass windows commemorating Cromer's lifeboat crew, the most decorated in RNLI history. There's also a museum named after Henry Blogg, who served for 53 years on Cromer's lifeboats, who, with his crew, saved over 873 lives from the North Sea. Discover more history at the Lifeboat Museum & Cromer Museum.
Back in the 19th century, the town was developed into a seaside resort by the late Victorians. Today, the streets & alleys are bustling with shops, pubs, cafes & restaurants where you can enjoy the famous Cromer crab! In the summer, Cromer celebrates its maritime heritage with the famous Cromer Carnival and Crab & Lobster Festival. There are events throughout the year including the Cromer & Sheringham Art & Literary Festival and Folk on the Pier.
All year round, spending time on the beach at Cromer is a must. Have a go at crabbing, building sandcastles on the family friendly sands or try surfing & paddle boarding. The Norfolk coast path passes through the area offering scenic walks.
With a great choice of hotels, guest houses and B&Bs, Cromer is ideal for a beachside holiday.